Today’s Spring Spool Craft got it’s start when I first painted some unfinished wood spools that I picked up at the craft store:
I had painted the spools in metallic gold and metallic turquoise, but then wasn’t sure what to do with them, until I spied these adorable chicks in a nest on ConsumerCrafts.com. (Click here to see.)
These nests were so cute, and I knew they’d be the perfect toppers for my spools.
All I needed to do was to figure out a way to match up the spools with the chicks, and vice versa.
This was easily accomplished by first adding some turquoise speckles and spots to the bird eggs.
I used the head of a straight pin, dipped into the inside cap of my craft paint bottle, then just dotted and dabbed on the speckles and dots. (You can see the straight pin above, stuck into some scrap packaging foam.)
Now I had the same shade of turquoise paint on both the spool and the eggs, which helped them “go” together much better.
To add some yellow to the spool, I decided to make tiny polka dots all over the painted spools.
Again, I made the polka dots by using the head of a straight pin – this head had a round top – and did the same technique as before, only I made sure to just make dots. (No speckles, no dabs this time!)
Before I glued the nest to the spool, I cut out a square piece of tulle and pushed it into the spool’s center hole using a closed safety pin, which I left stuck in there. (Nobody will see it or needs to know it’s there!)
I used Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue to attach the nest to the tulle and the spool, and held the pieces together for about two minutes before I gently set them down on the work table to dry.
And that’s all there is to it!
Here’s what the back looks like:
This spool craft would be adorable as little favors on each place setting for Easter dinner. You could turn them into placecard holders by adding a slip of paper with each person’s name.
I’ve got ours on our mantle, nestled among our antique aqua Ball jars and some canisters filled with faux forsythia stems. It’s a nice breath of early Spring air!